With the last generation Ram 1500 (DS) models, the Canadian market’s most popular package was the Ram 1500 Sport. When the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 (DT) made its debut in January at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Ram announced that you could get the Big Horn (Lone Star in Texas) and Laramie models with a new Sport appearance package. This offered the Sport oriented look at a range of different price options for a monochromatic package for the new truck. However, Ram Canada was left in an awkward predicament to lose their most popular package. So Ram Canada came up with their own unique package for the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 (DT) models.
Enter the Canada-only 2019 Ram 1500 Sport. The 2019 Ram 1500 Sport is distinguished foremost by its monochromatic exterior, available in nine colors and set off by a black billet bar grille with R-A-M lettering. The all-new, standard bi-LED headlamps wear black internal bezels and are complemented by LED signature daytime running lamps and LED fog lamps. The hood badging and side window surrounds are also blacked-out. An optional Sport hood is available for customers who crave a more aggressive look.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Sport rides on standard black 20-inch aluminum wheels, with optional 22-inch ‘Black Noise’ alloys (available for the first time on 4×4 models). The all-new, dampened aluminum tailgate with integrated spoiler features black badging, plus the new, chiseled all-black Ram’s head logo and a ‘Sport’ badge – reserved exclusively for the Canadian marketplace. An integrated dual exhaust completes the pickup truck’s “Canada-only” look.
The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 is standard on Ram 1500 Sport. It combines the muscle of 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque with performance-enhancing and fuel-saving technologies that include variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation.
A new generation of TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and includes more than 40 individual shift maps to optimize fuel economy, performance and drivability. The 2019 Ram 1500 Sport is offered as a 4×2 or 4×4 with an on-demand transfer case with four operating ranges: Auto, 2HI, 4HI and 4LO. The Auto range optimizes the distribution of torque based on vehicle driving conditions, without driver intervention.
Offered as either a Quad or Crew Cab, the Sport model wears a unique all-new Ram 1500 interior. The all-black cabin with black headliner features an exclusive combination of trim touches, including satin light black chrome highlights, real metal trim and a diamond plate-look on the center stack borrowed from Ram Rebel. The instrument panel and cluster brow are soft-wrapped and features Diesel grey French accent stitching. The closed upper glove box wears a unique ‘Sport’ badge.
Unique to Canada are power heated sport cloth/premium vinyl seats with a special ‘hex’ insert mesh fabric. Optional leather heated and ventilated seats also feature a unique technical embossed texture reserved only for Canada. The 2019 Ram 1500 Sport comes standard with power adjustable pedals, CD player, heated steering wheel and much more. Every Sport comes standard with Ram 1500’s new reconfigurable console with space for a 15-inch laptop or hanging files, sliding front cupholders, fixed rear cupholders and large storage bins. A dual-pane sunroof is available on Crew Cab models, which also offer a reclining rear seat and a flat rear floor, plus 12.7 cm (5-inch) larger in-floor Ram bins that can accommodate a 4-inch drop hitch.
The newest generation of the award-winning 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen is standard on the 2019 Ram 1500 Sport, with features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The standard 7-inch reconfigurable in-cluster display not only features a unique start-up screen with the “Sport” logo, but also deep-diving information, including fuel economy, trailer braking and status on the available air suspension.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Sport offers over 100 standard and available safety and security features, including standard ParkView back-up camera, push-button start, tire fill alert and a comprehensive electronic stability control system that includes brake assist, hill start assist, rainy day braking, ready alert braking, trailer sway control and much more.
2019 Ram 1500 Sport offers advanced, optional safety features, including Blind-spot Monitoring with trailer detection, as well as the Advanced Safety Group that includes adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning with Stop, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View Camera, automatic high beams and ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist. Front and rear park assist is available and sensors are now hidden in the lower portion of the bumper, along with fog lights to improve the aesthetics.
While one could get a majority of the options here in the United States on a Laramie Sport package, you would still miss having the unique Sport badging and black badging (unless you buy a Big Horn/Lone Star Black or Laramie Black package).
For those in the United States looking to build their own 2019 Ram 1500 Sport out of a Laramie Sport, it might be harder than what it appears. While Americans can buy most of the Canadian 2019 Ram 1500 Sport badging on websites like eBay, it is still hard to find or near impossible to find the seat covers for the exclusive interior for the truck.
The Canadian 1500 Sport also comes with standard with the optional Laramie-based 20-inch premium painted wheels with inserts (WRJ) wheels. Canadians can also choose a Sport Black appearance package which equips the Sport package with the 20-inch 5-spoke black aluminum wheels found on the Big Horn/Lone Star Black (WRW) or the 22-inch wheels optional on Laramie models (WPM).
This is a trim level that is leaving Americans jealous of their neighbors up north. Some Canadians are still begging Ram to make an option for the 1500 Sport to have the 12.1-inch UConnect touchscreen. With Ram announcing that the Rebel was getting the option of the 12.1-inch UConnect system, we have no doubt its only a matter of time before the 1500 Sport gets one too.
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